PR is uber stressful because “PR executives are masters of damage control, thus need to be able to think and act quickly under stress,” says the online jobs network.
For 2013 public relations manager was ranked fifth on the list, up two spots from last year. Only enlisted military personnel (guns), military generals (more guns), firefighters (burning buildings) and commercial airline pilots (airline food) have more stressful jobs.
Mack agrees the public speaking, media interviews, gaffe-prone special events and nerve-jangling crisis management activities of PR are stressful but these challenges also make PR so much fun.
Other professions on the stressful list included photojournalism and newspaper reporting – two jobs facing huge cuts and digital technology challenges.
The least stressful of all jobs is university professor. A big reason why Mack now runs the PR, New Media Journalism and Digital Communications programs at SFU.